Modular Building Institute

Moe South Street Primary School

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Fleetwood Building Solutions
Moe / Regional Victoria, Victoria
Building Use:
Primary School Building
Gross Size of Project:
364 Square Meters
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Designed to integrate and connect with the existing administration and teaching facility building, the strategic positioning of the building opened up the possibility for creating a covered outdoor learning area that doubles to provide the school’s only wet weather outdoor recreation area. With a prominent position to the school’s public interface the building delivers both a commanding and architecturally sympathetic response. The building was constructed off site in 10 modules (364 sqm), which were then separately transported to site and installed. Incorporating adaptable classroom glazing and access partitions allows complete integration with the central gathering and social space. This arrangement of flexible teaching and gathering spaces is complimented by the execution of the project’s FF&E to support different modes of learning, i.e. direct instruction, flipped classroom, team teaching, small group and self-directed activities.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The permanent modular construction exceeds the outcomes of a traditional “insitu” project delivered project, leveraging the benefits prefabrication brings to the procurement process; quality control, time, cost, value, reduced waste, environmental sustainability whilst preserving a sense of permanency. Building offsite in a factory environment and transporting to site in this instance translates into a structural system that economically delivers superior outcomes. Innovation and sustainability are at the forefront of the design process, ensuring outcomes that deliver maximum flexibility, afford multiple uses and opportunity creation. This results in a project that maximises utilisation thereby minimising resource use. Employing the organisations first major foray into blended “hybrid” construction: integrating onsite architectural brickwork with offsite module fabrication, the modular project delivers permanency and integration into the school’s built environment.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    A major factor in the success of this project was the ability to deliver the roof separately due to the open spaces provided across the communal area along with the design entailing several different roof levels that needed to be accounted for. As the inaugural build as part of a four-year programme of works it has represented an opportunity to trial certain offsite and onsite manufacturing processes, resulting in further improvements in time and cost efficiencies with projects of a similar scope that followed. Collaborating closely with a client side project delivery team throughout the process enabled all parties to work through issues identified promptly and proceed with most rectification works prior to the building handover. The ability to manage our offsite manufacturing concurrently with onsite works provided us with economies of scale and a programme surety that cannot be matched when compared with traditional “insitu” construction.
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